The recuperative powers of Randwick racecourse have once again come to the fore with Racecourse Manager Revesh Ramdhani upgrading the track to a dead 5 for Australian Derby Day tomorrow.
After getting drenched early in the week, the Randwick course proper continues to improve with a couple of good drying days and with another fine day forecast for tomorrow a near perfect racing surface is guaranteed.
“I’m just so pleased where we are at right now, considering the amount of rain we had last week,” Ramdhani said.
“We were virtually under water.”
“The weather has come good for us at the right time, we’ve got a lovely breeze here now and it’s quite warm.
“Tomorrow’s forecast is for 26 or warmer and mostly sunny, so that side of things is great,”
Randwick was rated a heavy 8 when acceptances were taken on Wednesday which prompted trainer Peter Moody to say that his champion mare Black Caviar could be a scratching if the track didn’t improve by Saturday,
But with the fine weather Randwick will be bursting at the seams with the main attraction of Black Caviar to take her place in the Group 1 $1m Darley T J Smith Stakes (1200m) on one of the biggest days of racing which also includes the running of the Group 1 $1.5m David Jones Australian Derby (2400m) and the Group 1 $500,000 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (1400m).
Moody is anticipating that the world’s number one sprinter will remain undefeated and chalk up her twenty-fifth straight victory by winning her second T J Smith Stakes.
The premier trainer has given nothing but glowing reports for Black Caviar and says that she is at the top of her game as she arrived at his Sydney base at Rosehill after travelling up from Caulfield by float.
“I’ll dare not say she’s going better than she ever has, but she’s going every bit as good as she ever has,” Moody said.
“I’m always very respectful of opposition, I always have been, and I’ve never gone into a race thinking we’re a good thing.
“We don’t make the bookies’ prices, but facts and figures suggest there’s not a horse on this planet that can beat her under these conditions and at this distance.
“Usually our biggest worry is misfortune, but 24 times we’ve been pretty lucky.”